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Wells offers COVID vaccinations

Wells Enterprises, Inc., is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to workers at an onsite clinic in Dunkirk today and Monday. The state of New York now recognizes food processing workers as an eligible priority group for vaccination. In partnership with Chautauqua County Department of Health and ...

Man killed in plane crash identified

GREAT VALLEY — An 80-year-old Brockport man has been identified as the passenger killed in a plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Cattaraugus County. William H. Mandelare died as the result of the crash, which took place at the Great Valley Airport around 2 p.m. According to the ...

Fight with 12-year-old results in charges

CELORON — Two adults who Ellicott police say drove their three children to engage in a fight with a 12-year-old are facing conspiracy and child endangerment charges. Officers were called to a reported assault around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Lake Street in Celoron. It was learned ...

Afternoon crash slows traffic

OBSERVER Photo by Anthony Dolce Traffic was slowed briefly Tuesday afternoon following a multi-vehicle crash on Central Avenue in Fredonia. The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Members of the Fredonia Fire Department and Fredonia Police Department responded to the scene.

Mayville man killed in I-86 crash

BEMUS POINT — A single-vehicle crash on Interstate 86 near Bemus Point resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Mayville man, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said. The crash, reported at about 3:10 p.m., occurred in the eastbound lane at the Westman Road overpass. According to ...

Fredonia man sentenced to prison on drug conviction

A Fredonia man who previously pleaded guilty to a drug charge has been sentenced to seven years in state prison. Nathaniel Gates Jr. appeared before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. for sentencing on the charge of possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, 28 grams or ...

Man charged in thefts of catalytic converters, damaged vehicles

An investigation into stolen catalytic converters and damaged vehicles in the town of Hanover resulted in numerous charges filed against an Erie County man. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced the charges Monday against 35-year-old Joseph S. Hoddick that include first- and ...

Rotary club helps hand out candy

Members of the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club assisted the Chautauqua Safety Village in Ashville with its Easter Carnival event on Saturday. Pictured are the Easter Bunny, Elizabeth Link, Donna Quagliana, John Hamels and Barbara Fay at the pavilion that the Rotary Club helped to fund and build ...

Gillibrand announces assignment as chair of the Senate Subcommittee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been assigned as chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security. The subcommittee oversees many matters important to New York, including dairy and food safety ...

Senator proposes ban on new fossil fuel plants

A new proposal in the state Senate would ban new power plants that use any fossil fuels. State Sen. Jessica Ramos, D-East Elmhurst, has proposed the Clean Futures Act (S.5939) in the Senate. Ramos’ bill would allow a process where fossil fuels could be used, but the developer would have to ...

AAA urges safe driving amid cannabis legalization

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis in New York state, AAA Western and Central New York is urging the public to educate themselves on the dangers of impaired driving. Regardless of marijuana’s legal status, all motorists need to avoid driving while ...

Next Brown Bag talk to explore healthcare in U.S. jails

Patrick Johnson, State University at Fredonia Department of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences lecturer, will present “A Discussion on the Healthcare System in America’s Jails” at SUNY Fredonia’s next Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. A SUNY Fredonia graduate, Johnson ...

Dunkirk Airport to receive federal funding

Chautauqua County’s airport in Dunkirk is set to receive $90,000 in funding through the Federal Aviation Administration, under the Department of Transportation. The money will serve as a “lifeline to local airports struggling to stay afloat after nearly a year of limited operations,” ...

Biden administration urged to reform organ procurement

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of congressional leaders from the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is asking the Biden administration to finalize a rule to reform the organ procurement system in the United States. The letter, sent to Acting Health ...

Lynden questions comments on water supply

Even without upgrades to the village’s water system, Fredonia’s infrastructure can support a new hospital. “We were able to support Carriage House and the college even before the water upgrades so we can definitely support a new hospital now,” James Lynden, Fredonia Village Board ...

Assemblyman proposes pretrial detention for crimes involving guns

Those accused of crimes involving a firearm or a weapon should be eligible to be sent to jail rather than be released under the state’s bail reform statutes. Assemblyman Charles Lavine, D-Glen Cove, has introduced A.6737, which would amend the list of bail-eligible in the state Criminal ...

COVID-19 Registry Bill introduced

Dozens of Democrats in the state Senate support creating a COVID-19 Health Registry. Introduced last month in the Senate by Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-New York City, S.5927 has 22 Democrat co-sponsors. Hoylman proposes to amend the state Public Health Law to establish the registry to track the ...

County announces week 8 of COVID-19 Heroes

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the eighth week of COVID-19 Hero nominations for March 29 – April 1. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each ...

County DMV offices to accept walk-ins beginning April 12

Starting Monday, April 12, all three Chautauqua County Department of Motor Vehicles offices will be open for walk-in transactions. All transactions, except learner’s permit testing, escort/pilot car testing and CDL testing, can be done by walk-in service or by making an appointment online ...

Indictments handed up in county court

A Forestville man charged last year following a rash of burglaries in numerous towns has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Gary Lang, 52, pleaded not guilty when arraigned Feb. 24 in Chautauqua County Court to a single charge of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. He was ...